Saturday, May 28, 2011

Spiffy Scissors

My kids are on a year round schedule in school. Because of that, my daughter just finished kindergarten yesterday. I wanted to make a small thank you gift for her teacher that wouldn't put a hole in my pocket. I started browsing my favorite blogs and I came across the tutorial of "Spiffy Scissors" over at Crap I've Made by Char. I wanted to link her tutorial, but yet again, my lack of computer skills tells me "You do not know what you are doing!!!" So, that is what I need to work on. I would however, like to give you her information so you can go check out her blog/tutorial and learn how to make them. It is at  ; entitled "Spiffy Scissors" ; posted on April 26,2011  ; and filed under uncategorized.  Her blog is great, and full of wonderful ideas.

Here is how my spiffy scissors turned out.

In her post, she used a product by Mod Podge called Dimensional Magic. It is a product that gives a dimensional glassy finish to your crafts. It dries hard and clear. I could not find it anywhere! I looked at multiple Michael's stores, and JoAnne craft stores. I even called ones a little further away from me. Not only did they not have it, but they had never heard of it! So frustrating. I looked it up online and found it, but it was going to cost me more to ship it to me than to buy it. So, that was a no go. Luckily, I found a product that is as close to it as I can imagine. It is called Aleen's Paper Glaze. Michael's carried it, but again, it wasn't familiar to the employees. I had to find the right person who was actually willing to look for me.

I don't think  it is as  puffy as the Mod Podge Demensional Magic, but you can layer it to give it more of a raised look. I choose only one layer. It also dries to a clear, hard, glassy finish. I thought it looked great.
Other than that, I did everything exactly according to Char's tutorial. go check it out!

Hey! Look at that.... I just figured out how to post a link. I hope it works! LOL! Hope it is the right one. (fingers are crossed)

Here are a few more pictures of my "Spiffy Scissors"

Monday, May 23, 2011

Meet The Family

If you read my first post, I mention how I am not computer savvy. I meant it! One of the things I know I need to learn is how to get pictures from my camera to the computer and then from the computer onto my blog. So this post is practice for me.

From left to right: Tyler, Becky, Jessica, Dan, Danica

This is my little family. (Please note that I am 27 weeks pregnant. That is why I look so fat swollen.) My husband and I will be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary in a few months. As you can see we have three beautiful children, and number four is on her way. Our son is Tyler, and he just turned 13. Yep! I now officially have a teenager, and already it is like walking a tightrope in the dark! He is a GREAT kid, but I wish they handed you a "Do's and Dont's Of Raising A Teen" book. LOL! He is an excellent student in school, and is on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. He makes me very  proud. Next we have our daughter Danica. (No, she is not named after the racecar driver. Can you tell I get that a lot?) She will be 6 soon, and is about to finish kindergarten. She loves reading, and dancing. Next is our little Jessica. She will be 4 next month, but she can't wait until she is 5 because then she gets to go to school like her big brother and sister. She is our more reserved child, but secretly she wants to be the "star". These two girls keep their father and I laughing all the time!  We don't have a name picked out for our baby yet, but we do know that it will be a girl. (Poor Tyler.)  We are all excited about meeting her soon. My husband is Dan, and he is just about the easiest guy to get along with that you will ever meet. He is a big Lakers fan, and his favorite band is Oingo Boingo. (If any one knows who they are, KUDOS to you!!! YAY!) It does not seem like it has already been 15 years of marriage with him. I guess it is true, time flies when you are having fun. And I have a lot of fun being with him.
And of course, my name is Becky, and I LOVE being a mom. I also enjoy cake decorating, and crafting. I hope to get better at both.
So that is my family in a nutshell. I hope my post wasn't too boring to read. I do have a crafting post coming soon. I am making a thank you gift for Danica's teacher. I am crossing my fingers that it comes out the way I hope. Either way, it will be posted. ;-) Hope to see you back here soon!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

My New Blog!

First, I would like to say "HI" and "WELCOME!" to my very own, and very new blog!!!! YAY! I would also like to add.... "what am I doing?". I am not the most savvy computer person. (That is an understatement by the way.) But I love to look at blogs, and always wondered if I could start one of my own. So today, I decided to find out if I could do it. I intend this blog to be a place where I can share my experiences and crafting endeavors, good and bad, creative, and not so creative. I figure I can learn what I am doing by just diving in and getting my feet wet. I hope I can figure things out as I go. So an apology upfront is warranted, I think. I KNOW I will make many mistakes.....and I am sorry. But I hope this will be an enjoyable experience not only for me, but for all those who may happen upon this blog.